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U.S. court to hear case on blocking executions in Oklahoma

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 07:34
By Heide Brandes OKLAHOMA CITY (Reuters) - A federal judge in Oklahoma will hear arguments starting on Wednesday in a lawsuit filed by 21 death row inmates trying to halt future executions there after a troubled lethal injection this year led the state to revamp its death chamber protocols. Lawyers for the inmates, four of whom are scheduled to be executed next year, said the new protocols were unsound and the chemical combination in a revamped lethal injection combination could result in cruel and unusual punishment, in violation of the U.S. Constitution. ...

Obama backs bill imposing new sanctions on Russia

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 07:32

White House press secretary Josh Earnest speaks during his daily news briefing at the White House in Washington, Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014. President Barack Obama will sign legislation slapping new sanctions on Russia and providing weapons and other aid to Ukraine despite White House concerns that military assistance will further escalate the conflict, the White House said Tuesday. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama will sign legislation imposing new economic sanctions on Russia, the White House said Tuesday, as the U.S. claimed some credit for sparking Moscow's roiling currency crisis and moved to deepen the pain.


Family sues over fatal shooting at Ohio Wal-Mart

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 07:30

FILE - This undated file photo provided by the family of John Crawford III shows Crawford, right, with his mother, Tressa Sherrod. The family of Crawford, a black man fatally shot by a white police officer as he held an air rifle inside a Wal-Mart filed a federal lawsuit Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014, charging negligence and violation of the man's civil rights. The lawsuit was filed in U.S. District Court against the Ohio city of Beavercreek, the two Beavercreek officers involved, the police chief and Wal-Mart Stores Inc. (AP Photo/Courtesy family of John Crawford III, File)CINCINNATI (AP) — The family of a black man fatally shot by a white police officer as he held an air rifle inside a Wal-Mart filed a federal lawsuit Tuesday charging negligence and violation of the man's civil rights.


Sony facing 2 suits by ex-workers over data breach

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 07:24

FILE - This Dec. 2, 2014 file photo shows Sony Pictures Entertainment headquarters in Culver City, Calif. Two former employees of Sony Pictures Entertainment on Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014 filed suit against the company for not preventing hackers from stealing nearly 50,000 social security numbers, salary details and other personal information from current and former workers. (AP Photo/Nick Ut, File)NEW YORK (AP) — Sony Pictures Entertainment now faces two lawsuits from four former employees who claim the company did not do enough to prevent hackers from stealing nearly 50,000 social security numbers, salary details and other personal information from current and former workers.


Jury gets case of Montana homeowner who shot German student

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 07:22

Markus Kaarma waits to be dismissed during an afternoon break in Missoula County Court in Missoula MontanaBy Lori Grannis MISSOULA, Mont. (Reuters) - A jury began deliberating on Tuesday over whether a Montana homeowner committed a crime when he fatally shot a German exchange student who entered his garage, in a case testing the state's version of a "castle doctrine" self-defense law. Markus Kaarma, who prosecutors have painted as an armed aggressor who lured a would-be burglar to his death, is charged with deliberate homicide in the April death of Diren Dede, 17, of Hamburg. Authorities say Dede was killed while "garage hopping" at night in Missoula in a possible search for alcohol. ...


$151M verdict over Wal-Mart workers' breaks upheld

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 07:15
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Pennsylvania's highest court is upholding a $151 million verdict in favor of employees at Wal-Mart and Sam's Club who say they were forced to work through their breaks.

U.S. says has not received notice of China approving Viptera corn

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 07:13
(Reuters) - The United States has not received official notification from China of approval for imports of a type of genetically modified corn at the center of lawsuits against seed maker Syngenta AG, a U.S. government spokesperson told Reuters on Tuesday. Chinese authorities have informed some agriculture industry officials that the government has approved imports of Agrisure Viptera corn, known as MIR 162, according to reports from Agri-Pulse and Bloomberg. Syngenta has said it will make an announcement about Chinese government approval when the company receives official documentation. ...

Polanski lawyers accuse prosecutors of misconduct

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 07:07

FILE - In this Oct. 25, 1977, file photo, film director Roman Polanski leaves court in Santa Monica, Calif. Attorneys for Polanski are accusing Los Angeles County prosecutors of misconduct, as part of their continued efforts to have decades-old sexual assault charges against the Oscar-winning director dismissed, according to the Los Angeles Times. Polanski fled Los Angeles for France in the 1970s. (AP Photo/Nick Ut, File)LOS ANGELES (AP) — The seemingly endless quest by Los Angeles authorities to extradite film director Roman Polanski has taken a new twist with the 81-year-old director renewing his fight to be free of his prosecutors.


Florida man pleads guilty to helping baseball star Puig flee Cuba

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 07:05
By Zachary Fagenson MIAMI (Reuters) - A Florida man who received $2.5 million after helping to smuggle Los Angeles Dodgers slugger Yasiel Puig out of Cuba pleaded guilty on Tuesday, according to court documents. Gilberto Suarez, 40, faces up to 10 years in prison at a March sentencing for conspiring to bring in or harbor aliens. In his plea agreement, he acknowledged coaching Puig on his 2012 defection from the communist-controlled island. After leaving Cuba, Puig, now 24, signed a seven-year, $42 million contract with the Dodgers. Suarez received about $2. ...

Sentencing delayed for writer tied to Anonymous

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 07:00
DALLAS (AP) — Sentencing has been delayed for a Dallas man whose online activities linked to hackers landed him under federal indictment.

Who was Bradley Stone? Friends say helpful, laid-back guy

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 06:57

Who was Bradley Stone? Friends say helpful, laid-back guyWe are learning more about the decorated Marine reservist who was found dead following a murder spree across Montgomery County.


Filmmaker Polanski's lawyers want sex crime case closed

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 06:54

Director Roman Polanski attends a news conference for the film "La Venus a la Fourrure" during the 66th Cannes Film FestivalBy Eric Kelsey LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Lawyers for filmmaker Roman Polanski have launched a new bid to have the Oscar winner's 37-year-old child sex case closed, which would allow "The Pianist" director to travel freely without the threat of extradition. Polanski's attorneys filed a motion on Monday in Los Angeles Superior Court seeking a hearing next month where they would ask to submit evidence in the hopes of proving that the 81-year-old director has been subjected to "false" extradition requests by U.S. authorities. ...


Restaurateur who moved Mexican food to masses dies

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 06:51
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Larry J. Cano once said it was not his love of food so much as it was the way he was treated in a Mexican restaurant during a visit to his father's homeland that led him to help popularize Mexican food in the United States.

U.S. teens' use of alcohol, cigarettes at 40-year low, study finds

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 06:49
By Laila Kearney NEW YORK (Reuters) - Fewer U.S. teenagers are consuming alcohol or smoking cigarettes than at any time in at least 40 years, although their use of many illicit drugs remains steady, according to a national study released on Tuesday. Growing peer disapproval may be a top factor in the drop in drinking and smoking in 2014, according to the study by the University of Michigan's Monitoring the Future program. ...

FedEx truck crashes in Georgia, spills packages

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 06:49
FORSYTH, Ga. (AP) — A FedEx truck crash along a Georgia interstate sent packages spilling all over the highway just nine days before Christmas.

Pregnancy-related infection kills endangered orca

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 06:48
SEATTLE (AP) — An endangered orca found dead off Vancouver Island in Canada earlier this month died after a failed pregnancy caused a bacterial infection, officials said Tuesday.

Tainted feed blamed for 4 horse deaths in Florida

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 06:48

Ava Exelbirt brushes one of the remaining horses at Masterpiece Equestrian Center in Davie, Fla., Tuesday, Dec. 16 2014. There's nothing that can be done to save 18 poisoned horses at the equestrian center, so their young riders are holding "spa days" to brush their manes and tails, paint their hooves, feed them hay and pet their noses to keep the animals comfortable in their last days. Four horses at Masterpiece Equestrian Center have died since October because of contaminated feed, and the owners of the rest are struggling to accept the approaching deaths of the others. (AP Photo/J Pat Carter)MIAMI (AP) — Eighteen poisoned horses are being treated to spa days in their Florida stables, with their young riders brushing their manes and tails, painting their hooves, feeding them hay and petting their noses.


Maine woman convicted of murdering toddler

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 06:40
BANGOR, Maine (AP) — A Maine woman has been convicted of killing her 2-year-old daughter by giving her allergy medicine and then covering her mouth and nose with duct tape and a blanket.

Debate over stability of mom who drove in ocean

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 06:40
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Two doctors offered conflicting testimony Tuesday on whether a South Carolina mother who drove her three children into the ocean off Daytona Beach needs to be forcibly confined for mental-health treatment.

Trial for 3 in slur-filled fight with gay couple

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 06:35

Trial for 3 in slur-filled fight with gay coupleZachary Hess and his boyfriend were moving on from a frozen yogurt stop toward a pizza joint in Philadelphia's "Gayborhood" when they came across eight to 10 young adults out on the town.